Dalian is a thriving modern city and as such the shopping here is of high standard, for a Chinese city.
There are many traditional items that can be purchased here, as well as many modern and fashionable clothes.
In autumn it has some of the best fruits, including apples, cherries and pears, unusual for somewhere so far north.
For antiques or gifts, handicrafts, glassware, embroidery work and shell carving can all be found and are popular with the locals and visitors.
Most of these goods, and more besides, can be found on Tianjin Street
(Tianjin jie), just off Youhao Square.
Dalian is also a fashion Mecca, the craze for the newest and most trendy styles culminating in the International Fashion Festival that annually arrives in town.
Besides the impressive array of Versache and Gucci, the festival is also a celebration of traditional Chinese clothing, and an assortment of garments, including qipaos and some nice silk clothing, can be purchased.
Of truly specialist shopping the area also contains some interesting trilobite fossils, that can be bought on the way to the Jinshitan Scenic Area for around RMB10.